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Press Release Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee Now Accepting 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards Nominations

For immediate release:
5/25/2018
  • Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court
  • Massachusetts Court System

Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee Now Accepting 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards Nominations

Jennifer Donahue and Erika Gully-Santiago

BOSTON, MAThe Supreme Judicial Court’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services is seeking nominations for the 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, which recognize those in the legal community who have shown outstanding and exceptional commitment to providing unpaid legal services to those in need. The deadline for nominations is June 29, 2018.

Named in honor of attorneys John Adams and John Quincy Adams, the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards are presented annually by the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services to honor those Massachusetts lawyers, law students, small and large law firms, government attorney offices, corporate law departments, law schools or other institutions in the legal profession that have improved the lives of clients in need by committing an extraordinary amount of their time and energies to provide volunteer legal services.

The Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services will select awardees from among those who have excelled in providing volunteer services in one or more of the following ways:

  • participating in an activity or pro bono program that resulted in satisfying previously unmet needs or in extending services to underserved segments of the population;
  • successfully litigating pro bono cases that favorably affected the provision of other services to those in need; and/or
  • successfully achieving legislation that contributed substantially to legal services for the disadvantaged.

Click here to learn more about the award criteria and nomination guidelines.  Nominations and all supporting materials should be submitted by Friday, June 29, 2018 either by mail to E. Abim Thomas, Esq., The 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards, c/o Vertex Pharmaceuticals, 50 Northern Avenue, Boston, MA 02210, or by email to Abim_Thomas@vrtx.com, referencing the 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards in the subject line. The 2018 Pro Bono Publico Awards will be presented in a ceremony at the John Adams Courthouse on October 18, 2018.

In addition to the awards program, the Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services also administers the Pro Bono Honor Roll, a voluntary program that recognizes those law firms, solo practitioners, in-house corporate counsel offices, government attorneys offices, non-profit organizations, law school faculties, and law students which certify that, in the relevant time period, they have performed a certain number of hours of pro bono legal work. Certifications are now being accepted for pro bono work performed in calendar year 2017. Learn more about the Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards and the Pro Bono Honor Roll on the court system's website.

Established in 1999, the Standing Committee on Pro Bono Legal Services works to promote volunteer legal work in Massachusetts to help people of limited means who are in need of legal representation, in accordance with SJC Rule 6.1. Attorney Elizabeth Ennen of Northeastern University School of Law chairs the Committee.

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Media Contact for Supreme Judicial Court Standing Committee Now Accepting 2018 Adams Pro Bono Publico Awards Nominations

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